On November 13, the Cambridge Historical Society held Fall Conversation: How Can We Make Change Here? at University Lutheran Church.

Cheyenne Wyzzard-Jones and Dr. Charlotte Ryan, two radical educators and activists with Cambridge ties, spoke about what drives them to engage and how they do it. In dialogue with moderator Mary McNeil, the speakers discussed: What issues motivated them, and how did they find ways to get involved or initiate learning and action? What tools do they use to organize and initiate change? What challenges and solutions have they encountered? How do they use education as a tool to engage future generations of activists? This event concluded the Society’s 2019 programming centered on the question “How Does Cambridge Engage?”

In holding this Fall Conversation, the Society invited attendees to reflect on activists’ processes, both historically and today, so that we can think about making our own change, here in Cambridge.

Date and Time: November 13, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm

Location: University Lutheran Church, 66 Winthrop Street, Cambridge


About our speakers and moderator:

Cheyenne Wyzzard-Jones is the Founder of Resistance Education and Co-Founder of Women of Color in Solidarity, both community based organizations seeking to fulfill the gaps within communities of color, specifically those who also identify as women/femmes/genderfluid/nonbinary. She holds a B.A. in International Development & Social Change from Clark University and an M.A. in Comparative and International Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.


Former labor and community organizer, Charlotte Ryan is Professor of Sociology at UMass Lowell where she teaches courses on food and climate justice. With community organizer Karen Jeffreys, she recently publishedBeyond Prime Time Activism: Communication Activism and Social Change. She is a member of the URBAN Research Network and coordinates the Media Research Action Project website

Mary McNeil (moderator) is a PhD Candidate in American Studies at Harvard University and a research assistant for the African American Trail Project at Tufts University.  Her dissertation, “To Make A Political Place For Ourselves”: Black Power, Black Arts, and Black Feminist Women’s Organizing in Boston, examines the spatial imaginaries of black women in Boston in the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s.